- Hard wearing plastic fills the interior
- Nicer materials on higher trims
- Wheel only moves up and down
The Toyota Aygo’s interior has moved on from the well-constructed but slightly dull first generation in this current car - the plastics are still firm but they feel significantly more substantial than before, plus they’ve been livened up with a variety of glossy, coloured appliques.
The instrument binnacle itself is simple and dominated by a central speedometer with all but base-spec cars fitted with a small, LED rev-counter just to the left of it. Choose an X-play model or higher and the dashboard features the 7.0-inch colour touchscreen called X-touch. The graphics are asymmetrical and colour-coded for different functions to aid navigation of its features while on the move.
Is it comfortable?
- Comfortable but flat seats
- Engine is noisy when pushed
- Suspension exhibits good comfort
Smaller cars tend to bounce over undulating surfaces but the latest Aygo feels very well-controlled, its suspension deals well with bumps in the road. It does roll (where the body leans on the chassis) a bit in corners though. The front seats are comfortable too, although the side bolstering isn’t great. They look like bucket seats but the side cushions are quite floppy and offer little lateral support.
Most models offer height adjustment for the driver’s position, though the steering wheel adjusts for angle but not reach. Still, most will be able to get comfortable enough to enjoy long journeys, let alone pottering around town. Taller drivers may find the gearlever is close to their thigh in fifth or reverse gears as the cabin is narrow compared to many larger cars. Similarly, when the front seats are slid back, rear seat space is compromised, but sensibly there are only two seat positions back there.
Automatic windows and canvas sunroof
All models have electric front windows – the rear ones hinge outwards rather than wind down on five-door Aygos – while all versions barring the entry level X have air-con. Seat fabrics are comfortable and appealing, with part- and full-leather also optionally available. There are large storage pockets around the cabin including bottle holders in the doors and cup holders set in front of the gear lever. For added fun a full-length canvas sunroof is available turning the Aygo into a pseudo-cabriolet.
Pair your phone with MirrorLink
MirrorLink smartphone connectivity via USB means graphics of compatible devices are mimicked onscreen, making it even more familiar to navigate as well as accessing features such as social media apps. All-round visibility is excellent, with good-sized mirrors and windows. There’s only one front windscreen wiper but it’s designed in such a way that clears more of the screen, but the top left corner remains unswept.
Although the steering wheel doesn’t adjust for reach, a combination of angle adjustment and six-way movement of the driver’s seat means that most drivers will be able to sit comfortably. Headroom is boosted further by raised outer sections of the roof panel, giving a few additional centimetres of head clearance, in the front at least.
Toyota Aygo update in 2018
As well as external updates the Aygo from 2018 benefits from an upgraded ‘combimeter’ with more three-dimensional graphics and a new illumination colour. A broader range of seat fabrics and interior colour schemes were also introduced.
Performance improvements were also matched with greater refinement levels in 2018, with a reduction in noise and vibration levels in the cabin. This was achieved by the addition of extra sealing and sound absorption materials to the dashboard, front pillars, doors and rear deck.